The Role of Enhanced Pathogen Detection in the Management of Septic Pneumonia Patients

March 30, 2021

Webinar Description: 

Sponsored by bioMérieux

The clinical use of multiplex PCR platforms, like the Biofire® Filmarray® Pneumonia (PN) in CAP patients dramatically increases the frequency of detection of potential viral and bacterial pathogens. The companion use of biomarkers, like VIDAS® B•R•A•H•M•S™ PCT™ to measure serum procalcitonin levels helps adjudicate whether the detected potential pathogens are colonizing or invading. The combination of enhanced pathogen detection and PCT levels is of great help in antibiotic stewardship activities.

Target Audience

All healthcare providers

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, attendees should be able to: 

  • Restate the results of recent controlled clinical trial data that documents the sensitivity of the Biofire Filmarray multiplex PCR panel in the detection of potential viral and bacterial pathogens in septic patients with Community-acquired pneumonia;
  • Identify the important variables that influence serum procalcitonin levels;
  • State how to use serum procalcitonin levels to help determine the significance of detected viral and /or bacterial pathogens.

Sepsis Alliance gratefully acknowledges the support provided by bioMérieux for this webinar.

Course summary
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Event starts: 
03/30/2021 - 11:00am PDT
Event ends: 
03/30/2021 - 12:00pm PDT

David N. Gilbert, MD, MACP

Chief of Infectious Diseases, Providence Portland Medical Center; Professor of Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University

Dr. Gilbert did his infectious diseases fellowship training with Jay P. Sanford, MD, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Gilbert is Chief of Infectious Diseases at Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. He is also Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University. In the 1970s, he was on the editorial board of the Sanford Guide where his association extends back to its early editions. He was IDSA President in 2002. Dr. Gilbert’s interest is all facets of infectious disease with an emphasis on antimicrobials. His current project is the role of rapid molecular diagnostics in antimicrobial stewardship.

No continuing education credits are offered for this sponsored webinar.

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